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St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
Orange, Essex County
Jeremiah O'Rourke was the architect for this substantial French Gothic-style
church, built in 1866-69. The building is 180 feet long and
68 feet wide. The same quarry provided stone for St.
John's and St. Mark's Episcopal church in West Orange, within sight
of each other.The tower and spire were completed in 1879. I was informed
that three of the 11 bells
were bought at the Paris Exposition in 1878, that the church is known
for its 1879 Hook & Hastings pipe organ, and for the oak reredos, carved
St John's was organized in 1851, and is the mother
church for seven other parishes in the area.